It’s that “shlumpy” time of year: winter’s not quite over, but spring is getting so tantalizingly close. Many people get depressed in the winter time due to lack of sunlight. I call it the “winter blues.” Here are some tried-and-true winter blues busters:
1. Don’t forget exercise. For those of you who love outdoor exercises like running, walking, hiking, biking, etc., winter can destroy all motivation to exercise. It’s painful to get from your car to your house, let alone go out and exercise in those temperatures! A solution to this might be getting a gym membership so you can do those things indoors. Another option is to bundle up and participate in winter sports that double as exercise like snow shoeing and cross-country skiing.
2. Get some “D.” Vitamin D, that is. We naturally get that vitamin from the sun, but in the winter you might need to use a Vitamin D supplement or light therapy lamp that mimics the sun’s affects. Get exposure to natural light as much as possible, through the window at least.
3. Get some fresh air once in a while. I know it’s cold, but if you go out for a short walk during the warmest part of the day, you’re bound to feel better! Get the blood pumping and the endorphins flowing!
4. Don’t overeat. Being blue can often trigger over-eating, but beware—this will not make you feel good in the long run! Try doing something active instead to raise your mood naturally in a healthy way.
5. Have a getaway. I know it isn’t always possible, but getting away to a warm place for the weekend might just give you the boost you need to get through the winter. You don’t even need to go somewhere exotic—parts of Arizona, Nevada, and California have warm, sunny winters. Just rent a hotel room and spend three straight days laying out by the pool!
I hope these tips help you beat the winter blues! Be happy J Thanks for reading!